February 17, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651; Arti Prasad (505) 272-0283

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The fusion of modern medicine with ancient healing techniques has exploded in the United States , steadily gaining both prominence and acceptance. By seeking to heal a patient rather than simply cure a disease, doctors of New Medicine are promoting a more holistic form of healthcare and witnessing dramatic results. As part of an ongoing effort to educate and engage New Mexicans in New Medicine, the section of Integrative Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has organized a workshop focusing on the healing options made available by New Medicine techniques.

The Different Approaches to New Medicine in New Mexico workshop will center on community outreach, specifically to Enlace Communitario (an agency dedicated to assisting women transitioning out of domestic violence situations), Southwest Creations Collaborative (an economic enterprise for low-income Hispanic women), and the Native American population. The workshop will feature innovative stress control techniques including Mindfulness, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Nia, and Qi Gong, and speakers from a variety of disciplines will engage participants in talks and workshops related to stress management and self care presented in both English and Spanish. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

"Stress is a major risk factor for many illnesses, work dissatisfaction, family conflicts, and poor productivity at work," said Arti Prasad , MD , section chief of Integrative Medicine at UNM. "Educating our communities on stress management and wellness approaches will empower them to take an active role in their personal wellbeing."

Different Approaches to New Medicine in New Mexico will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on March 3, 2006 from eight a.m. to five p.m. The event is free to the public, though participants will need a ticket to enter which can be obtained by calling 272-5700. For more information on UNM Integrative Medicine, visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/integrative_med.

The Different Approaches to New Medicine in New Mexico event is being funded with a grant from the Bravewell Collaborative, which promotes increased understanding of integrative medicine. The fair is also designed to promote a two hour documentary entitled "The New Medicine" that will be broadcast on KNME on March 29, 2006 at 7 p.m. For more information on the documentary and integrative medicine, go towww.thenewmedicine.org.